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[leg-hawrn for 1–3; leg-ern, -hawrn for 4] /ˈlɛgˌhɔrn for 1–3; ˈlɛg ərn, -ˌhɔrn for 4/
English name of Livorno.
(lowercase) a fine, smooth, plaited straw.
(lowercase) a hat made of such straw, often having a broad, soft brim.
one of a Mediterranean breed of chickens that are prolific layers of white-shelled eggs. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The ship had a good run from off Mahon to Leghorn where we anchored in the outer roads.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Who that has landed at Calais, at Rotterdam, or at Leghorn, has not felt this?

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • Genoa is with us at a word; so are Leghorn and the towns of the Romagna.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • I sailed for Lerici, where I arrived the next day, and then posted to Leghorn.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • From a lover, who will not be back at Leghorn for a week or ten days.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • And the Leghorn, unsuited to trials of wind and weather, was left at home.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • Four in the afternoon found them off the heights of Leghorn.

  • Was the latter document Oliva's note from Leghorn of October 14, 1668?

  • And if Leghorn should fall into the hands of the enemy, woe to Florence!

    Romola George Eliot
  • Leghorn is famous for its manufacture and trade in straw goods.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
British Dictionary definitions for Leghorn


a type of Italian wheat straw that is woven into hats
any hat made from this straw when plaited
Word Origin
C19: named after Leghorn (Livorno)


(ˈlɛɡˌhɔːn) the English name for Livorno
(lɛˈɡɔːn). a breed of domestic fowl laying white eggs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Leghorn

breed of fowl, 1869, from Leghorn, city in Italy (modern Livorno, 16c.-17c. Legorno), from Latin Liburnus, from the native people name Liburni, which is of unknown signification.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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